Film Play

In all of the places I've lived in my life, I've always gone out on day trips to find unusual places, people, or objects to photograph. This usually meant taking my film cameras out for a walk, and doing some unusual multiple exposures with them. It wasn't enough to just shoot film, I wanted to shoot film differently and get some fun results. Boy, did I!

This is a roller coaster in Ross, OH. Near Hamilton--where I lived for 8 years--which boasts nothing but an antique store, car dealership, and long roads leading to not much. I'd shot this coaster a few times in the traditional way, but this day I wanted to play. I used my Yashica-Mat 124G, Ilford HP5 120 film, my tripod, and a lot of exposures. 13 to be exact! I just started shooting, then moved the tripod's swing lever a bit to the right, then kept shooting for 13 frames. Between each frame, I just used my shutter release (which isn't on the camera naturally. I got this one used, and the doctor who had it before me had modified it to do endless multiple exposures. Lucky me!). When I'd shot for a while in the freezing cold, I went home and immediately processed my film. I was so happy to see this beauty in the roll! I don't even recall the f stop, but I know the shutter speed was at 125/sec. It was all natural light. This cold, blustery, cloudy day made for some super exciting results.

Mini Diana Noir

These were another example of multiple exposures, but on a different film. The Mini Diana Noir 35mm camera by Lomography would allow you to click the film as much or as little as you like within the constraints. These were fine examples of this feature. Mr. Lincoln looked refined and well-displayed, while the chaos of the city streets looked as if they would cut you with all of their sharp lines and crosswalks. A very fun film play, indeed!

Lytle Park in Cincinnati, OH has always been a favorite place for me to go sit, walk, and take photos. I always thought the feet on Mr. Lincoln were far too big for the rest of him. Proportionally, they look so thick! But, I always sat and stared at this sculpture. So, I wondered how he'd look from all angles, all in one shot.

I do believe I was sitting in a bar with my camera, and shot from behind a shrub. No one knew what on earth I was doing. I just clicked away, shifting my film 3-4 notches at a time. This was Walnut St. in Cincinnati, OH.


Long Time

These images were 120mm 1:1 shots taken over a long period of time. This particular shot was a dinner party outside in Eden Park in Cincinnati, OH. The glowing tower is the icon of the park. It's a nestled area inside the city. Perfect for shots of this nature. Ethereal, yet firmly grounded.

Three minute exposure using my Yashica-Mat 124G, Ilford HP5 film, tripod, and manual Bulb setting held down with a hair clip. I framed the shot, locked down the shutter, and just walked around for three minutes. I believe I even went to my seat (on the left) and had a sip of wine before going back to the camera. I love the movement in this shot. Conversation, literally, in action.

This shot is a good combination of multiple exposure and long exposure. The mimicry of the statue next to the person really punches the movement through. I used natural light, three exposures, and roughly 2 seconds for each frame.